Property Law – Building Covenants and Restrictions: What They Are and How They Can Affect You

From time to time purchasers will buy an existing property with the intention of carrying out building work on the property and which can include additions to the existing house, pergolas and swimming pools etc. Most of the time these additions and extensions are permitted subject to obtaining the usual development approval from the [...]

2019-08-30T06:15:59+00:00March 16th, 2019|

Property Law – Do I Have to Pay a Special Levy?

When you are looking at purchasing a Strata Unit it is imperative to instruct your solicitor to obtain a Strata Inspection Report.  The Report will provide information regarding not only the amount of quarterly levies and the balance of the administrative and sinking funds, but also the existence of a Special Levy or a [...]

2019-08-24T17:39:13+00:00November 25th, 2018|

“High Risk” Land

We recently received an enquiry from a person who had purchased a block of land some time ago – the land is located in an area well known for having land slip and stability problems. At the time of purchase, the Contract contained a GEO Technical Report which indicated that whilst the land was located [...]

2019-08-24T17:48:33+00:00November 22nd, 2018|

Lawyer Asking for Your Licence? Here’s Why

If you’ve been to see a solicitor recently about a conveyancing matter they may have asked for a photocopy of your ID, including passport, licence, birth certificate and other documents. There is a very important reason for this. NSW has recently brought in legislative amendments to facilitate electronic conveyancing  (“e-conveyancing”). This system, which allows [...]

2019-08-30T07:07:03+00:00October 21st, 2018|

Permitted Developments – Don’t Stop With the 149 Certificate!

A section 149 certificate providing the local council’s zoning and other information in relation to a property within its Local Environmental Plan is a mandatory disclosure document in every contract for sale and purchase of land in New South Wales. It is critical to always check for a purchaser or the grantee of any [...]

2019-09-02T00:10:53+00:00October 12th, 2018|

Thinking of Buying Your First Home? Here’s Where to Start

Entering the property market can be an overwhelming process. Where do I start? Always get advice from your Broker or financial institution Lending Manager about the amount that you can borrow and the amount that you can afford to repay on a monthly basis.  This will allow you to create a budget for properties that [...]

2019-08-24T18:18:38+00:00October 5th, 2018|

Should I Get a Strata Report on My New Unit?

It is advisable to obtain a Strata Report before purchasing a Home Unit. The report can reveal a number of matters which may influence the price you’re prepared to pay for the unit or even whether you purchase the unit. Some of the matters revealed by a Strata Report are the following: Financial State [...]

2019-08-30T06:06:58+00:00September 20th, 2018|